UM splits DH with Shorter in regular season finale

MONTEVALLO, Ala. – The University of Montevallo softball team closed out the regular season by splitting a doubleheader with the visiting Shorter University Hawks on Sunday, winning 6-0 and losing 3-6. With the series win over the Hawks, Montevallo is 17-24 overall and 11-18 in Gulf South Conference play. The Falcons will be the No. 8 seed in the GSC tournament that begins on Thursday, May 6.
In game one, the Falcons got the bats going early to take control. After three straight singles to lead off the inning from Kinley Adams, Brooke Ingram and Fallon Groves, the bases were loaded with no outs. Hannah Carey stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and blasted a grand slam to center field to clear the bases and give UM an early 4-0 lead.
In the bottom of the second, Mariel Bertossi led things off with a single. After stealing second and advancing to third on a passed ball, Bertossi scored on an Adams single up the middle that made it a 5-0 Montevallo advantage.
Mychael McMillan earned the start in the circle for UM in game one, and pitched a complete-game shutout. McMillan’s no-hit bid was ended in the top of the fourth, but she managed to only give up three hits while striking out nine in the contest.
After a Holly LaForce Henderson single with one out in the bottom of the fourth, Adams singled again and picked up another RBI when LaForce Henderson touched home plate to give UM a 6-0 lead.
Adams and Carey led the Falcons at the plate in game one. Adams went 4-for-4 with two RBIs, while Carey went 2-for-3 with the first inning grand slam. Ingram also had a strong game at the plate, going 2-for-4.
In game two, the Falcons took control early yet again, but would not be able to keep the Shorter bats quiet.
Montevallo shot out to a 3-0 lead in game two by scoring one run in the first, third and fourth innings.
In the first inning, Lauren Hamby and Sierra Easterwood earned back-to-back walks to put runners on first and second with two outs. A Carey single to left center allowed Hamby to score and give the Falcons a 1-0 lead. Carey and Easterwood were left stranded on first and second.
In the third, Bertossi reached on a fielder’s choice that let Hamby score yet again. UM also left runners on first and second in the third inning. In the fourth, a sacrifice fly from Hamby sent Alexis Cortez across home plate to make it a 3-0 game.
UM put runners on first and second in the bottom of the fifth, but would leave both stranded.
The Shorter offense woke up in the sixth inning and scored a run to cut the UM lead down to two. The Hawks then hit a solo homer in the seventh, and were down to their last out still trailing by one. An RBI single from Shorter tied it up and sent the game into extra innings.
An RBI single and a two-RBI double in the top of the eighth gave the Hawks a 6-3 lead that won the ballgame. Cortez and Adams singled in back-to-back at-bats with two outs in the bottom half of the eighth, but they would be left stranded on first and second.
Cortez led UM at the plate in game two of the doubleheader, going 3-for-4, while Adams was the only other Falcon with a multi-hit game, batting 2-for-5.
UP NEXT: The Falcons will play No. 1 seed Auburn University at Montgomery in the first round of the GSC tourney at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, at Choccolocco Park in Oxford, Ala.

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